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Trustees see new library in Voorheesville's future

The Voorheesville Public Library Board of Trustees plans to build a new library when the economic climate is ready, according to a mid-April letter from Richard Ramsey, the board's president.

The letter, available on the library's Web site at www.voorheesvillelibrary.org, states that the library has decided to proceed cautiously with its expansion project due to the uncertain economy.

In December 2006, the library purchased 5.5 acres behind the building's current location and stated that the best investment of taxpayer money would be a "new, state-of-the-art" structure.

The library's director, Gail Alter Sacco, said the board is discussing what to do with the old building once a new one is constructed.

"We are going to talk to the community about that," Sacco said.

Enhanced technology and multi-media services are among some of the potential improvements at a new facility. A sizable community space, teen space and long-distance learning center are also included in the plans.

A large community space of more than 1,000 square feet could handle "high-quality" traveling exhibits from the American Library Association, according to Ramsey's letter.

The board plans to "make every effort to see that the [current] building continues to be useful to the community," the letter states.

A library-sponsored communitywide survey last year found that 67 percent of respondents would definitely support an increase in public funding, coupled with grants and private donations, and 21 percent would possibly do so. Despite the support last year, the letter states it "suspects fewer people would support a bond."

Ramsey said all of the funding for the planning came from a $50,000 allocation, approved by the public.

"We're not asking anyone for any extra money," Sacco said.

Ramsey also added the board is working toward making the process as "transparent as possible," while members work out a fundraising plan and structure.

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